Paris: Veuve Bouchard-Huzard, 1871. 4to, contemporary green cloth, paneled in blind; spine ruled and lettered in gilt; marbled endpapers. (4), 71, (1) pages; 23 text illustrations; 3 full-page engraved plates with tissue guards. Some foxing. Very good or better. Item #6116
A rare work on English coin minting techniques, with numerous useful illustrations including three quarto-size engraved plates, the last of which depicts a coin press designed by Boulton. Dumas was the author of a previous work, Notes sur l’émission en France des monnaies décimales de bronze (1852–1865). The current volume is the only publication in book form of material he first published in the Bulletin de la Société d’Encouragement pour l’Industrie Nationale. The text illustrations are well-done, and, while mostly depicting mint equipment, include an exceptional rendition of Thomas Simon’s Petition Crown, including the full edge. From the library of the Birmingham Assay Office, with their diminutive circular ink stamp, and is listed on page 85 of Westwood’s beautifully printed catalogue of that library.